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VIRTUAL CINEMA

Los Hermanos – The Brothers

May 14

12:00 am

2020
Documentary
1 hour 24 minutes
English

Ilmar and Aldo López-Gavilán are virtuoso Afro-Cuban musician brothers, born in
Havana in the 70s. At 14, Ilmar outgrew his island teachers and was sent to the
U.S.S.R. to study violin. He never lived in Cuba again, ultimately landing as a working
chamber violinist in the U.S. Younger brother Aldo grew up mentored by Cuba’s
impressive jazz and classical pianists, his extraordinary talent achieving renown on the
island, but stymied elsewhere by the 60-year-old U.S. embargo. Though they see each
other when family finances and visa restrictions allow, they’ve never had a chance to
collaborate musically—something they’ve longed for all their lives.
Tracking their parallel lives, poignant reunion, and momentous first performances
together on stages across the U.S., Los Hermanos / The Brothers is
a nuanced, intensely moving view of nations long estranged, through the lens of music
and family.